Actupondy, the Guide to Pondicherry

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ActuPondy.com (actu = news in French) is the ultimate guide about Pondicherry. It will help you plan your trip and enjoy your stay in Pondicherry. With a selection of hotels, restaurants, shops, etc, ActuPondy aims to bring you the best of Pondicherry has to offer. Moreover, ActuPondy is a window on Pondicherry lifestyle and Cultural events as movies, exhibitions, shows…

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Cultural events in Pondicherry

 

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Ramasamy: the milk seller

Portraits

Ramasamy: the milk seller

Let us follow a milk seller in his daily tour through the streets of Pondicherry, and beyond the importance of this job in the Indian subcontinent. 

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Kantha: the fish saleswoman

Portraits

Kantha: the fish saleswoman

Focus on the job of fishmonger, in Europe as in the Indian subcontinent, through the example of Kantha. 

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Rasul Bhai: the grinder

Portraits

Rasul Bhai: the grinder

Focus on the profession of grinder, old craft soon disapeared in Europe but still common in the Indian subcontinent.

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The strike at Pondicherry University

It happened in Pondy

The strike at Pondicherry University

Explanations on the strike of students and professors which took place on the campus of Pondicherry University, at the beginning of the 2015 academic year! Focus on the disastreous administrative...

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The Liberation Day (November 1st)

Festivals & daily life

The Liberation Day (November 1st)

The Liberation Day is commemorated the November 1st in Pondicherry since 2014: it was the connection of the four old French trade posts to the Indian federal union in 1954!

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Arikamedu : the antic harbour

History

Arikamedu : the antic harbour

Arikamedu was a prosperous commercial harbour under the reign of Cholas' dynasty, trading with the Roman empire to China, including Greek cities, Constantinople, Egypt and Persia. 

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Tamils (3): what kind of relations today?

History

Tamils (3): what kind of relations today?

How are characterized the relations between Indian and Sri Lankan Tamils since the end of the civil war? Does the economic and diplomatic revival of India introduce a bias between...

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Tamils (2): Independences and civil war

History

Tamils (2): Independences and civil war

How were handled the Tamil political demands at the Indian and Sri Lankan national independences? What kind of consequences emerges from it?

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Tamils (1): from Antiquity to colonization

History

Tamils (1): from Antiquity to colonization

Tamils are a thousand-years-old nation with a varied and rich culture, their influences covered the South of India and Sri Lanka, even the rest of Asia. There is a presentation...

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Political organization of Pondicherry

History

Political organization of Pondicherry

The political organization of Pondicherry is complex between the Indian administrative and French legislative influences! There is an explanation of the political structure. 

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Valaikappu (protection by bracelets)

Festivals & daily life

Valaikappu (protection by bracelets)

Valaikappu is a Hindu and multi-secular religious festival. Celebrated at the seventh, or the ninth month of the pregnancy, its purpose is to protect by bracelets the mother and her...

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Raksha Bandhan (August)

Festivals & daily life

Raksha Bandhan (August)

Raksha Bandhan is a Hindu festival in August. Also called the brothers and sisters festival, it's the opportunity for a girl and a boy to commemorate the brotherly love which...

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What to do in Auroville ?

Places to visit

What to do in Auroville ?

Auroville is wide, by the size and the spirit! Each individual comes to find something different: simple tourist for one or two days, or inspired visitor by the place, you...

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Independence Day (August 15th)

Festivals & daily life

Independence Day (August 15th)

August 15th is the founding date of modern India. It's the departure of British administration and troops, the new autonomy of a millennial culture, but the bloody separation of the...

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Auroville: a story

Places to visit

Auroville: a story

A general description of the story of Auroville: the life and the love of its two initiators, the Indian thinker Sri Aurobindo and his French partner the Mother; the foundation...

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The Post office and the ATMs

Settling in Pondicherry

A small guide on the Pondicherry Post office, the ATMs and the exchange offices. 

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